Townsend Visitors Center

Townsend Visitors Center provides information about travel, tourism, natural history, and cultural traditions of the special places in the Smokies--in particular Townsend, Blount County, and Cades Cove.  Great Smoky Mountains Association staffs a store in the Center with books, music, and many items of interest about the National Park.  Employees give information, direction, and education to visitors.  The Center hosts local artisans demonstrating and selling their work in the Exhibit Room.  Festivals and other special events take place throughout the year, highlighting the traditional music, history, and crafts of the East Tennessee region.

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Latitude: 35.677169 Longitude: -83.744659 Elevation: 1104 ft

Seasons Open

Year round

Hours Open

9 a.m.-5 p.m., seven days a week



Eco-Friendly Notes

The Visitors Center recycles paper, cardboard, plastic, and aluminum, has compact fluorescent bulbs, and special urinals.  The center has 10 acres of green space around it, used for cattle, hay, and festivals.

ADA Accessibility Notes

The Visitors Center is accessible, with ramps and accomodations inside and outside for wheelchairs, including golf cart shuttles during events.

Pet Friendly Notes

Service animals OK.  Pets on a leash.  No pets at festivals.


You list your hours as regular hours but you do not list what time those regulars hours are it would be helpful to know whether you open at eight nine or 10. Thank you.

Jeannine Korth, 8/17/2017

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